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Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015


Synopsis, Our Opinion: A truly STUNNING fruity California Pinot Noir.

Producer/Winery: Jim Clendenen; Au Bon Climat; Santa Maria, California.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Santa Barbara County, Central Coast California.

Vintage: 2015

Price: $35.00

Purchased From: Au Bon Climat tasting room; Santa Barbara, California.

Paired With: Roast chicken, pasta with olive oil, capers and Parmesan cheese and a garden salad.

Tasting:

    Opened 45-minuets before drinking. Clear, light ruby color with a pink rim. Strong aromas of cinnamon, allspice, raspberry and cherry with lots of damp wood and leather in the background, but also with a haunting smell of a North Carolina tobacco shed being filled with leaves. Smooth entry, fruity, dryish, medium body that was on the light side and a 200-grit texture. Ripe cherry, raspberry and plum flavors. Lively, well balanced acidity, supple tannins and a long fruity finish that ends with a slight spicy upturn. WOW, very understated Central Coast Pinot Noir. Not a rough edge in the entire bottle and the combination of sweet spices and ripe fruit really made it distinctive. Luscious paired with the roast chicken, but captivating sipping after the dinner was done. A truly STUNNING fruity California Pinot Noir.

Jim Clendenen
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Comments: Learn more about Jim Clendenen and his Au Bon Climat wines.
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Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: Natural cork.

UPC Code: 8 50755 00016 5

Imported by: Not applicable.